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Hi I m deciding between Polk tower speakers for music listening 80%. Best bet Polk tsi500 400 or 300 I don't want to buy a sub so I m looking for a good 2 channel output. Thanks.
RtiA5 or 7
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I currently have both the rti A7's and lism 705's, both of which I use mostly for music. I'm surprised at how well the A7's perform against the higher end line. They are certainly brighter (which I like) but also have very good bass response...not as rounded at the 705's but seem to go about as deep. Haven't heard the tsi line, but everything I've read says to step up to rti if you can. I got mine for $750/pair, so watch for the sales.
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In addition to highly recommending you step up to the RTi A series like everyone else, I'll offer an alternative solution. Since price is likely a factor, what about buying the RTi A1 bookshelves and a NX-BAS-500 sub?

Front L&R: Polk RTi A3 (cherry finish)
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Surrounds: Polk FXi A6 (black finish)
Receiver: Yamaha RX-V673
TV: 55" LCD
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fellow polkies I just bought the last RTI6 bookshelfs refurbished from the polk ebay store to replace my monitor 40's as my fronts. I am currently using the CSI3 center but would I see a significant difference by moving up to the CSI5? thanks
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fellow polkies I just bought the last RTI6 bookshelfs refurbished from the polk ebay store to replace my monitor 40's as my fronts. I am currently using the CSI3 center but would I see a significant difference by moving up to the CSI5? thanks
The Csi5 is huge compared to the Csi3 and has two rear ports. We use a Csi3 with RtiA3's (formerly Rti6's) in the family room due to size constraints, and the closed back cabinet of the Csi3 allows it to be tucked under the TV riser.

On one hand the 6" drivers in the Csi5 will match the Rti6's, but to be honest, when it comes to TV (what we use the Csi3/Rti6's for) the difference is unimportant. If you watch a lot of movies you will get more oomph from the Csi5 vs the Csi3 and it will tend to deliver male voices better. In short, the Csi3 has its advantages, but the Csi5 will do a better job of filling a larger room with sound.

Polk RtiA9's, Denon 4520ci & Emo XPA-5 amp, CsiA6, RtiA7 surrounds, FxiA6 rears, twin Klipsch Synergy Sub-12's. TV room: RtiA3's & Rti4 surrounds, Csi3, Klipsch SW-450, Yamaha 565... Bedroom: Lsi9's on an Onkyo TX-8050
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